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22 Friday, July 29, 1977

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Debate Renewed Over U.S. Role At Start of 1973 Yom Kippur War

.

New Times Magazine car-
ried a puzzling item under
the heading "The Yom Kip-
pur War: Did we Encour-
age the Ambush?"
Here is the account given
in New Times:
In writing his CIA novel,
"Orchids for Mother,"
Aaron Latham came across
information that led him to
believe that American in-

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telligence had advance
knowledge of the Arab plan
to launch a surprise attack
on Israel in October, 1973.
"Two days before the
Arabs' surprise attack,"
Latham says, "Secretary of
State Kissinger met with Is-
raeli Foreign Minister Abba
Eban and told him, 'Noth-
ing dramatic can happen in
October.' "
Kissinger was, according
to many sources, consumed
with a fear that an intem-
perate Israel would deliver
a devastating first-strike,
capable of permanently up-
setting the balance of
power.
Latham was later able to
see the CIA's secret "Post-
Mortem Report" that as-
serted: "There was an in-
telligence failure in the
weeks preceding the out-
break of war in the Middle
East." "Why," Latham

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asks, "the italics? Why so
defensive? Was this an an-
swer to intra-agency critics
who said there was not an
intelligence failure? That
the CIA had known all
along?"

The "Post Mortem" goes
on to state: "Community
analysts were provided
with a plentitude of informa-
tion which should have sug-

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Leaders of the Union of Or-
thodox Rabbis of the United
States and Canada claimed
last week that Premier Men-
ahem Begin of Israel reite-
rated to them the com-
mitments he made to his re-
ligious coalition partners in
Israel, including a promise
to do everything possible to
obtain a Knesset majority
to amend the Law of Re-
turn by including the term
"according to halakha" in
connection with conversions
to Judaism.
In a statement released
to the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, the Orthodox
rabbis presented their ver-
sion of a meeting recently
with Begin at the home of
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein,
president of the Union of Or-
thodox Rabbis, before
Begin left for Washington.
The statement quoted
Feinstein as saying, "I
have already pointed out nu-
merous times, in writing
and in speech, of the inher-
ent danger in the 'Who is a
Jew' law which recognizes
false conversions, and it is
therefore most important
Mr. Begin's promise to
amend the law so it will
clearly state that con-
versions. are valid only if
performed according to
halakaha."
According to the state-
ment, Feinstein also remind-
ed Begin that in a previous
discussion with him he "ex-
pressed, satisfaction with

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Latham's theory: We

knew but we didn't want
them to know. We wanted
to keep the Israelis from
striking first. It was the
Arabs' turn.
It has been said before,
and there was an in-
clination to credit it to Dr.
Henry Kissinger, that there
was a view in Washington
that Israel ought to have
one defeat.
In realistic international

Orthodox Rabbis Say Begin Will
Try for Halakhic Change in Law

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gested, at a minimum, that
they take very seriously the
threat of war in the near
term...Instead of warnings,
the Community's analytical
effort in effect produced re-
assurances. That is to say,
the analysts.,.sought in ef-
fect to reassure their au-
dience that the Arabs would
not resort to war."

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the agreement between Agu-
dath Israel and the Begin
government which prom-
ised to institute changes in
favor of Judaism, including
prohibitions against work-
ing on Shabbos, drafting
girls in the army, au-
topsies, the abortion law as
well as other commitments
in subjects of education."
Rabbi Simcha Elberg,
chairman of the Union's ad-
ministrative committee, ex-
pressed confidence that
after Begin's agreement
with the Aguda Israel Party
in Israel "all of the com-
mitments—beginning with
prohibiting work on
Shabbos till the recent abor-
tion law—will be ful-
filled...Also the corn-
mitment to amend the 'Who
is a Jew' -law should not
merely remain a promise
on paper."
According to Elberg, "the
inclusion of the word hala-
kaha within the legislation
of Eretz Yisroel is in itself
of monumental signifi-
cance." Israel must be gov-
erned by halakha, he as-
serted.
Rabbi Hirsh Ginsberg, di-
rector of the Union of Ortho-
doxx Rabbis, said, "Till now,
we had to protest against
negative developments,
today, however, we live
with hope that we will
merit seeing Israel bloom
in the spirit of Torah."
Accoring to the state-

Zionist Congress
Will Open Feb. 20

JERUSALEM (JTA)-
Executive of the World Zion-
ist Organization announced
that the 29th World Zionist
Congress will open in Je-
rusalem on Feb. 20, 1978. It
will last nine days and will
mark both the 80th anniver-
sary of the founding of the
Zionist movement by Theod-
or Herzl and the start of cel-
ebrations of the 30th anni-
versary of Israel's independ-'
ence.
Only a partial agenda
was announced. It will in-
clude a four-year program
drafted by a team headed
by Prof. Ranaan Weitz to
deal with the structure of
the WZO in Israel and
abroad. Other items will be
Zionism today and the prog-
ress made over the last
eight decades. _
A key event will be the
election of a new chairman
of the WZO and Jewish
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for' the dual office.

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ment, Mr. Begin answered
to all the above, giving
hearty thanks for the op-
portunity to meet with the
rabbonim and reiterated
that he will make speedy
implementation of all his
commitments, stressing
that he will do everything
possible to mount a major-
ity to amend the 'Who is a
Jew' law."

The meeting between
Begin and the Union was
one of several the Premier
had with Jewish communal
and rabbinic leaders.

politics it is conceded that

the Arab states can afford

many defeats, that for Is-
rael one big loss could
mean a major tragedy bor-
dering on an irreparable
crisis.
If the view expressed in
the New Times story truly
emphasizes a conviction
that Israel ought to have
some setbacks, then there
should be disillusionment
on that score. Israel is
strong because in weakness
Israel collapses. Any other
viewpoint must be viewed
as giving comfort to those
who would destroy the
small Jewish state.

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